Archive for March, 2012
Radon Gas is a Silent Killer, Colorado Radon Mitigation Is Necessary
Radon gas has often been called the “silent killer” since it is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. In sufficiently high concentrations, radon gas can lead to a broad range of health conditions like lung cancer and emphysema, or even death in those exposed to particularly high gas levels. While not a threat in the open air, radon gas in your home or apartment could put your health seriously at risk. Unfortunately, radon gas has been detected in the past in homes in the Colorado Springs area.
Radon gas is naturally produced, and like many gases it seeks to rise to the highest possible point. Therefore, if your home offers any type of opening big enough for the gas to slip in you could find yourself dealing a radon contamination. The gas rises up through the soil, and will seek any minute cracks in your basement or in your foundations through which it could continue rising — into your home. Although a very small amount of radon may not be an issue, once it begins to enter your home, its levels could easily continue to rise until they become deadly. So what are your options for radon mitigation if you find yourself in this position?
SWAT Environmental Radon Mitigation Colorado
Your first step should be to have your home put through a radon gas inspection. Even high levels of radon gas can be impossible to detect on your own. Therefore, it is critical that you bring in a professional with all of the necessary equipment to give your home in Colorado Springs a floor to ceiling sweep. Once the building has been thoroughly checked, and you know just how much radon you do or do not have, the inspector will need to determine how it got into your home in the first place. He will check your basement for cracks and crevices, as well as for any openings in the seams of your foundation. Once all potential entrances have been located, he will check to see if the radon is slipping in through them. Otherwise, you could find yourself in the exact same situation again.
The final step in the radon mitigation process is to seal over these cracks and to clean out the radon gas that has already entered your home. Once the seal has been made and the air cleared, the specialist will check the air again to be sure that the gas levels have not risen again. If they have, it means that there is still another entrance, which he will then have to locate and seal as well.
The process for clearing your Colorado Springs home of radon can take some time as the radon mitigation company works through the process of elimination to find all gas sources. However, given the consequences of an unfixed radon gas problem, in addition to the skills and equipment needed to properly seal any leaks, it is important if you live in this area that you work with a qualified radon mitigation company to keep your family safe.
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